Geraint Thomas wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, beating Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton into second place, with England captain Harry Kane third.

Team Sky rider Thomas becomes the fifth cyclist to win the award – the fourth in the last decade – and the fifth athlete from Wales.

British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington said: “What Geraint has achieved this year completely encapsulates what we are about – using success to inspire people to get out on their bikes.

“I’d like to offer my congratulations to Geraint on a brilliant year and thank him for his part in encouraging more people to cycle.”

The other three names to make the shortlist were England bowler James Anderson, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and two-time Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold.

Gareth Southgate was named as coach of the year following England’s run to the World Cup’s semi-finals.

Team of the year went to the England netball side for their last-second triumph over Australia at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Their buzzer-beating victory also won the greatest moment prize, while Italian golfer Francesco Molinari won world sport star of the year.

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